It's been a little strange since we've been home from vacation. I haven't been able to get back into my normal routine. This is not necessarily a bad thing, my normal routine was rather boring, but not being able to get back into some sort of routine has left me feeling a bit off balance.
Perhaps it is because summer is, once again, flying by us, and at the end of this particular summer my little girl enters her first year of high school, a phenomenon I can't quite wrap my brain around. Or perhaps it is because we took the girls out of school a day early to go on vacation, and I didn't get that closure, so I am unable to count those weeks we were gone as summer making it feel even shorter. I don't know the reason, but summer is nothing but a blink and another blink after that one leaving me unsettled, uneasy, and unbalanced.
The kids have been eager to reconnect with their friends, so the house has been filled with chatty girls and joyous laughter. They have had play dates and sleepovers and trips to various beaches. They've tracked down Taylor Swift's house in Watch Hill, and gone to fireworks displays that were fogged over. They've eaten ice cream and seen movies and played and texted and laughed and laughed and laughed. Oh, how I love to listed to the laughter.
We've been experiencing a heat wave all this week and it have been unbearable to be outside. The girls have gone to the beach every day with friends and I have stayed inside and attempted to stay cool; dusting a little here, tidying up a little there. We are getting prepared to go back to my parent's lake house in NY at the beginning of August, so I am sure that is when the weather will turn for the worse again.
Until then we are all just doing our best to stay cool and play with our friends because really? Isn't that what it's all about?